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DIY Winnie The Pooh Figurines

DIY Winnie the Pooh figurines - easy to make and so cute!

I LOVED the Winnie the Pooh stories as a child! My mom had a copy of The Pooh Craft Book, and I used to trace the patterns and make felt DIY Winnie the Pooh figurines to give to my siblings at Christmas. I now have my mom’s copy of the book, and I keep planning to make the animals for my own kids, but haven’t yet. Winnie the Pooh is all cut out waiting to be put together, but he has been that way for a couple years and now I’m thinking I should cut him out all over, but with proper wool felt this time instead of craft felt! Maybe this will be the year! If you like to sew, these patterns are perfect for making felt Winnie the Pooh characters – impeccably designed and easy to follow. For now, my kids have these Sculpey III polymer clay figurines to play with instead. These little guys are tiny – all under two inches tall. Polymer clay creations are pretty sturdy – I have a few that I made as a kid that are still intact – and if they break you can fix them with Sculpey Bake and Bond. Since Sculpey clay is a crafting rather than a toy making material, use common sense if you decide to make these. Don’t give them to a very young child who might try to eat them!

Note: a friend noted that you could make these using marshmallow fondant and use them as Winnie the Pooh cake toppers. Maybe it is time for me to experiment with this edible crafting material! You could also use Crayola Model Magic to make larger Winnie the Pooh figurines.

Polymer clay Winnie the Pooh.

Sewing felt Winnie the Pooh characters was  great prep for making these tiny figurines! Here’s how I made Winnie the Pooh:

DIY Winnie the Pooh figurine tutorial

I had visions of photographing a step-by-step tutorial of this for you, but the combination of a very poorly lit house and crafting alongside a three-year-old meant that didn’t happen. Hopefully this is still helpful.

  1. Take a piece of golden-yellow clay that is roughly the size you want finished figure to be. Shape it into the head and body – no ears, arms, and legs, but you do want to be sure to include the nose. Winnie the Pooh does not have a tail, so you don’t have to worry about that.
  2. Shape the legs. They will be rounded at the hop, then narrow toward the knee, and then large again to make feet. Attach them to the sides of the body.
  3. Roll a thin piece of red clay for the main portion of Winnie the Pooh’s shirt. Cut the long edges straight, but round off the short edges. Place this piece around the top part of Winnie the Pooh’s body, overlapping slightly.
  4. Make a button using a small piece of yellow clay.
  5. Roll a piece of black clay and cut out a tiny segment to make the thread for the button.
  6. Make two “snakes” to form Winnie the Pooh’s arms, which are fattest in the middle and slightly narrower at either end. Curve the arms slightly.
  7. Roll two thin lengths of red clay to make Winnie the Pooh’s sleeves. Attach this at the upper end of the arm, pinching and smoothing it shut to completely cover the shoulder end of the arm.
  8. Attach Winnie the Pooh’s arms.
  9. Roll out a length of yellow clay and cut out Winnie the Pooh’s ears. Attach them to his head.
  10. Make a small black triangle nose for Winnie the Pooh and attach it.
  11. Make two tiny balls of black clay for eyes for Winnie the Pooh.
  12. Roll out a very thin length of black clay. Slice off bits to form Winnie the Pooh’s mouth and eyebrows.

Bake your Sculpey III polymer clay creation at 275F (130C) for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch (6mm) thickness.

Polymer clay DIY Eeyore figurine.

DIY Eeyore figurine tutorial

Eeyore is easier to sew than Winnie the Pooh, but I found him more challenging to make out of clay because he is harder to break into smaller pieces.

  1. Take a piece of grey clay that is roughly the size you want the finished Eeyore to be. Elongate one end to make Eeyore’s neck and head (this will be one long thin piece that you bend to make the head). Shape four legs out of the larger body piece.
  2. Make two tall, narrow triangles for Eeyore’s ears and attach them to his head.
  3. Roll out a LONG length of black clay. Slice into short pieces and attach them to the top of Eeyore’s head. Use a smooth-edge knife to mark the part down the middle. Save 3-4 lengths of black clay for Eeyore’s tail.
  4. Take a flat, narrow grey piece of clay and roll it around the remaining lengths of black clay, with the ends sticking out at the end for Eeyore’s tail.
  5. Attach the tail to Eeyore’s body and add a small piece of black polymer clay for the nail that is used to to attach Eeyore’s tail. Alternately, substitute a real (small) nail here since nails can be baked.
  6. Make two small white ovals for Eeyore’s eyes. Add smaller black circles for the pupils.
  7. Add two tiny pieces of black clay for Eeyore’s nostrils.
  8. Roll a small piece of black clay and place as Eeyore’s mouth.

Bake your Sculpey III polymer clay creation at 275F (130C) for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch (6mm) thickness.

DIY Piglet Winnie the Pooh figurine

DIY Piglet figurine tutorial

I am least happy with Piglet, whose nose needs to be more upturned, but he is still recognizable.

  1. Make an egg-shaped body. I’m not absolutely thrilled with the black stripes I added; in retrospect I think that scoring the body with a flat-edge knife would produce a neater, still striped, result.
  2. Use pink/peach clay to make piglet’s feet and attach.
  3. Make Piglet’s head. It is a bit pyramidal in shape, but the nose needs to turn up more than mine does.
  4. Make Piglet’s ears. They are a round-ish at the bottom and pointed at the top.
  5. Add two tiny pieces of black clay for Piglet’s eyes.
  6. Roll out Piglet’s arms and attach.
  7. Check Piglet for balance to make sure he will stay upright while baking – he is much tippier than the other two figurines I made!

Bake your Sculpey III polymer clay creation at 275F (130C) for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch (6mm) thickness.

Make your own Winnie the Pooh figurines with this DIY tutorial!

So far my kids have really enjoyed these figurines! Not surprisingly, they like Winnie the Pooh the best – he is the main character and I think I did the best job making him out of the three.

What should we make out of polymer clay next?

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January 18th is Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne’s birthday, and my friend Helen at Peakle Pie put together a fun blog hop to celebrate. This post is my contribution! Here are the posts from my co-hosts:

Make These Cute Paper Plate Piglets from Peakle Pie
Winnie the Pooh Book Review from Witty Hoots
Playing Winnie the Pooh’s Favourite Game – Pooh Sticks from Play & Learn Everyday
Where in The World is Winnie The Pooh? from Castle View Academy
DIY Winnie The Pooh Letters  from Adventures of Adam
Whimsical Winnie the Pooh Kids Birthday Party from Crafty Mama in ME
Paper Plate Winnie the Pooh Craft  from In the Playroom
Winnie the Pooh Play Doh Invitation to Play from Something 2 Offer
Honey Playdough from Glue Sticks & Gumdrops
Winnie the Pooh Sensory Bin from Raising Little Superheroes
Tracking Woozle: Animal Footprints from Line upon Line Learning
DIY Winnie The Pooh Figurines from Mama Smiles
Winnie the Pooh Characters Puppets and Play from Creative World of Varya

Do you have a favorite Winnie the Pooh themed craft or activity to share? You can share photos as well as book suggestions and activity ideas on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “DIY Winnie The Pooh Figurines”

  1. Selena @ Look! We're Learning!

    These are so adorable, MaryAnne! I love that they’re designed like the original illustrations in the books. Beautiful!

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